Closed Room: Game Review: Quality room escape gaming for free!

Closed Room
By Ateam

Ateam, the makers of “Ellie – Help me out…please,” return with another top-notch free room escape game for the iPhone.

Click here for my walkthrough.

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Gameplay 4.5/5
Closed Room is an escape game, consisting of the usual room escape controls. You tap on objects around you, picking up some and interacting with others. The goal is to use your surroundings and your wits to solve puzzles and eventually escape the room.

If you’re familiar with “Ellie,” you may be expecting some near-impossible challenges in this game. But don’t fret, Closed Room is much more straightforward, and the items you find offer tips on how to use them. There are quite a lot of clues to find here, and this game will last you considerable longer than most free games in the app store. The controls are also very intuitive and responsive, which is not often the case with free room escape games.

Like “Ellie,” the room is split into only two screens. But don’t let the minimalist appearance fool you. There are quite a lot of items and clues hidden throughout. Just about everything you interact with has a purpose. Also, some items have several different uses, a feature often overlooked in many free room escape games. All this makes the game very satisfying to play through.

I rather like the little red laser dot (and sound) that appears every time you tap on something and there’s nothing there. It lets you know that your tap registered. With so many other room escape games, it’s ambiguous whether your tap registered or not, which can lead to much frustrated hyper-tapping.

I did have a couple of gripes with the game. One puzzle has several parts to it and they all need to be completed in one sitting, because the game won’t save your progress for it. This can be frustrating, as you can’t take a break and come back to finish it later. So make sure you start it when you have plenty of time to spend on it. I also had to redo the entire puzzle because the the “Start” and “Continue” buttons are right on top of each other. Instead of asking me if I’m sure I want to start a new game, it just did so anyway. So be extra careful when you return to the game so you don’t make the same mistake I did. And one last thing — there’s a clue in Closed Room 2 that says the exact opposite of what you actually need to do. That’s a pretty big mistake, but you shouldn’t scrap the game over this. If you get past these few small hurdles, the game offers quality escape fun for free!

Story 2/5
It might be lost in translation, but I didn’t see much story here. I’m not even sure why I walked into this room that had a sign on it’s front saying “Closed Room.” Perhaps some sort of explanation would help me understand why I’m here and need to escape. The end did make me smile a bit, though.
In any case, what this game lacks in story, it more than makes up for in puzzles.

Graphics 3/5
The 2D graphics are very basic, but they get the job done. If you were looking for something on par with “Ellie,” you’ll be disappointed. But the graphics are clear, and I never had any problem understanding what I was looking at.

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Audio 2/5
Again, if you were looking for a soundtrack as immersive as Ellie’s, you won’t find it here. In fact, there’s no music at all in Closed Room.
The sound effects are minimal, but they get the job done. I especially appreciate the little noise you here every time you tap on something.

Replay Value 2/5
Once you escape the room, there isn’t really much of a reason to play again, unless perhaps to practice the “Tap to Fill” game. But this app does include both Closed Room 1 and 2, so there’s plenty of content here.

Conclusion 4/5
These guys are putting bored.com and IDAC to shame with their high-quality free room escape games. I thoroughly enjoyed playing Closed Room. Clues and items were revealed at just the right pace to keep it from getting too frustrating or too easy. It’s perfectly paced.

(P.S. If you’re stuck on the last puzzle of Closed Room 2, try doing the opposite of what the clue tells you. Yeah, not cool. But the rest of it made sense.)

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If you liked this game, also check out  Atmosfear, Escape Game: “An Odd Game”, RoomBreak: Escape Now!!, and these other escape games.

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Tony Lee

Hi.

I have an issue. I had to restart the game like you did and now I cant get the bottom right drawer open.

I did the same thing as before and its not working.

I put the stick in and do A G B C.

Any idea why its not working.

lee

thanks for the above tip. Now, how do i deactivate the magnet?

Tony Lee

Being a old school fan of puzzle game and adventure game, Im not sure if I liked this one. I still dint understand the use for breaking the “password” for the computer. Maybe you can tell me what was the use for the diary. I have only played few escape de room game but I dont like when game doesnt make sense. Like the puzzle frame controling a magnet. Or again the diary. Also the clock thing isnt really a challenge since anyone with few second to spare can find it by starting with 0h00 and check everything. Same for… Read more »

Siobhan

Umm how do I get the clock to work I have the 2 cords in and when I touch them one says cu the other zn or something like that. is there something I need to do cause it still won’t let me change the time on the clock

Siobhan

How do I get the clock to work the plugs are in but now what

SJ

Room 1:There’s a razor blade in the disk tray of the computer. Cut the lemon with it and stick the plugs in for power.

Maya

I have the lemon and the razor blade but I don’t know how to cut the lemon with the blade.

SJ

Closed room 2.
Getting on my wick now.
I like a challenge but can’t waste my entire life tapping on some stupid game.

I don’t know what the White box does.
I don’t know what the green coin picture does.
I can’t figure out the code for the drawer.
Or what to do with the battery.

ATeam, whilst ive enjoyed reading your reviews, and I’m looking in to some of your suggestions, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE write a damn walkthrough for these games. Just a rough outline? Anything?

TAMAR

HOW DO I GET CLOSED ROOM 2 WHEN I FINISHED CLOSED ROOM IT TOOK ME OUT AND THE STICK GREW AND IT SAID THE END. I WOULD LIKE MORE GAMES LIKE THIS WHAT DO I TYPE IN MY IPHONE

Maureen

I can’t figure out the computer, it on but how do I unlock the files? Also I have cords and lemon for clock but now I’m stuck.

Thanks for your help.

Maureen

Ahhh I don’t remember letters on the wall. I went back and looked I don’t see letters on the wall.

Maureen

Am I missing a step somewhere?

Maureen

I got it!! Finished the game. Thanks!

asdfghjkl

idont get the folder 1 in the computer. and how do you unlock the drawer. (closed room 2)

Siobhan

Ok second room the is killing me
It says dacb is the order
And then the folder one gives equations and the numbers just don’t work on the drawer so please can you give me the code

Auryn

Okay I can’t get the drawer open. I know the code, I put the stick in…what am I missing? Is the code backwards or Greek or something?

Auryn

Never mind. Rearrange the letters, just because. Weird.

one of the buttons on the drawer combination doesn’t work….do I just use 3 of the 4 letters as the code?

SJ

Apologies when I asked ateam for a walkthrough, I meant to address it to app unwrapper (I took your recommendation and tried atrim escape 2 btw. Drove me even pottier than this game. Liked it those once I got past the the lol). So spoilers here for the first folder in the second room > > > > > > As i understand it, the first column is just an example, and is based on the 24 hour clock. Eg 5pm + 13pm (1pm)= 6pm. So now you should be able to work out the digits for the DACB letters… Read more »

SJ

*Liked it though, once I got past the rage lol)

Bloody predictive!!

asdfghjkl

in foler 1, it says that ‘5-8=C’ how do you get that? will it be 3 or what

DawniJeann

I am stuck on the drafted clock:

Clock code: 14 + 25 – 18 (= 21)
Pigeon painting: 810
Paper in desk drawer : 140

I have tried subtracting 8 hours, 10 minutes, 1 hour & 40 minutes from 21:00. Not sure what else to try???

o.O

SJ

Finished! By completely randomly tapping the buttons on the White box, then reversing the instructions on the paper in the plant.
Very annoying game…made me angry!!! I’m off now to download another one 😀

PLEASE WRITE A WALKTHROUGH!!!

SJ

@ appunwrapper
Is it just the escape games you are The Don of? I’m really getting into the puzzle/hidden item games on the iPad.
My first one was Buckingham palace which was much better than id expected.
Since then I’ve tried lots of demos and REALLY enjoyed the full versions of Fairings Point and Dreamland. Liked the mix of hidden and mini games.
Wondered if they were your thing or not, I’m after a recommendation which to try next. (bought Salem witch trials…hated it!).
Any recommendations appreciated.

PLEASE WRITE WALKTHROUGHS 😀 😀 😀

Janifer

Can’t move the second button to optn the drawer. How to put the stick in it?

Edwart

Help…. how to turn on the computer ? ..

SJ

Oh oh. Just seen a new one in the app store “speed escape:chamber”. Finished Antrim last night. It was hard as I’m on the iPad and the graphics were too blurry to be accurate. That’s what I told myself anyway, as I followed someone’s WALKTHROUGH word for word. My predictive is now putting WALKTHROUGH into caps all by itself lmao!! Thank you again for taking the time to give us hints. I’ll no doubt be back in about five minutes with a sore finger and a temper tantrum from speed escape. Catch you soon. SarahJane PS Antrim 3….does anyone else… Read more »

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Kelly

Where’s the battery for the computer???

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